IN a bid to cope with the present changes, the government is reviewing the National Policy for Youth Development that was tabled and endorsed by the Parliament in 2007.
The National Policy for Youth Development aims to create an enabling environment that builds the capacity of young people and promotes employment opportunities and access to social security.
Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office-Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and Persons living with Disability, Mr Anthony Mavunde, told the ‘Sunday News’ here yesterday that the youth portfolio was currently collecting views from youth.
“We’re currently collecting views from the youth which will help us to improve the National Policy,” said the Deputy Minister shortly after opening the National Youth Symposium which signalled the beginning of celebrations to mark International Youth Day to be marked today.
This year’s annual event which is being observed under the theme, “Youth Building Peace” is held at the national level in the country’s capital Dodoma and it has brought together about 200 youth from mainland.
In his opening speech, Mr Mavunde noted that so far the government through the Youth Development Fund has dished out over 1bn/- for start-up businesses to 395 youth associations countrywide.
He said the government was now accepting business proposals from youth associations with the goal of establishing small industries, saying the government came up with the new idea to promote the government’s main agenda of industrialization.
“This is in line with the National Development Vision in achieving the status of middle income state,” added the Deputy Minister. Mr Mavunde said previously youth associations would apply for 1m/- from the Youth Development Fund for start-up business, saying such amount of fund could not bear fruits to most associations.
Programme Annalyst-Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development in United Nations (UN) Ms Fatina Kiluvia, said the International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation.
“Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, the young are critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace,” she said.